Six Daily Don’ts

A performance expert shares his little secrets to having a good, healthy day

By Dr. Ben Conmy

What do you do every day without fail? Brush your teeth? Swim? Eat a bowl of Wheaties? The truth is, it is exceedingly difficult in today’s fast-paced world to adhere to a routine. That’s 365 times each year that you have to do a specific thing—not that simple when you think about it. What’s even more challenging is that I intend to suggest seven daily habits that might just make a positive difference in your life. In all likelihood, all seven will not be for you, but one might. And if it adds even one percent to your daily quality of existence, why not throw it in the locker? It can’t hurt to try.

Don’t get stagnant at your place of work. Whether you’re a blackjack dealer or (heaven forbid) a journalist, move your neck, get up and work those shoulders, touch those toes—whatever you can manage. Just don’t become locked to your specific work zone. Repetition and lack of variety are deadly in the long run.

Don’t binge. You know what I’m talking about. The fried food, the entire bar of chocolate, the seventh Jack & Coke. Pump the brakes a little. The word “moderation” just sounds soothing, and certainly will be for your waistline and arteries.

Don’t jump to assumptions. Before you explode, take a deep breath, get as much information as possible, and then deal with a situation rationally. You know you’ll be happier in the long run. Who has time for the drama but D-List celebs?

Don’t text while driving. To diminish the chance of a traffic accident, it’s just as important you watch the road for other people texting and swerving as it is for you to refrain from texting people yourself while driving. Is the text you’re sending that important right now? No, it’s not.

Don’t be unrealistic. So today you intend to work out, pay the bills, send those wedding invitations, play with the kids and then you’re going for drinks on the Strip. Of course you are! Take something off the list; there’s nothing worse than feeling like you haven’t done enough.

Don’t play the parking game. Stop blazing down parking aisles trying to secure a parking spot 20 feet closer to the store than the one you could have parked in with no drama at all. Park a little farther out, get some exercise and open your door as wide as you like!

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